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Stories for March 6, 2007

Solana Beach Votes on Mansionization

March 6
By Joanne Faryon and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Should cities limit what owners of beachfront properties can build on their land? On Tuesday’s Full Focus, we’ll find out what residents of Solana Beach think as they head to the polls to vote on that issue.

28 Candidates Seek Open Council Seat in Carlsbad

March 6
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

At a time when political candidates sometimes run unopposed, the city of Carlsbad has received a huge response for an open council seat. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce says the city decided not to hold a special election.

Former S.D. U.S Attorney: I Wasn't Fired For Political Reasons

March 6
By Benjamin Shaw and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Former San Diego US Attorney Carol Lam was on Capitol Hill today, called by the Senate Judiciary Committee to answer questions about her dismissal. From Washington, Benjamin Shaw reports.

McMillin: City's Bad Math Means We Don't Owe

March 6
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The McMillin Companies are fighting back. Yesterday, city attorney Mike Aguirre accused the developer of inflating its labor costs to deprive the city of a share in the profits on a lucrative development project. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

White House Tightens Drivers’ License Requirements

March 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Californians will have to prove their identities and pay more money to renew their drivers licenses thanks to new identification standards set by the White House. Tougher driver’s license guidelines were announced March 1 as part of the Real ID Act anti-terrorism effort.

Crime Web Site Empowers Residents

March 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The MAPS project, short for the San Diego County Regional Crime Mapping Application for Public Safety, enables citizens to look up crimes, arrests, burglaries and other data in their neighborhood. Reporter Rebecca Tolin learns how to map crime.

Locals Urge Washington to Up Children's Health Insurance Funding

March 6
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Congress is getting set to debate how much money to spend on the state children's health insurance program called S-CHIP. Forty San Diego clergy and community leaders are in Washington this week to urge lawmakers to open up the federal wallet. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Report: Four in Ten Teens are Cyberbully Victims

March 6
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A national report finds four in ten teenagers are the victims of so-called "cyberbullies." Sweetwater Union High School District officials agree with the study, saying cyberbullying cases there have increased. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

State Assembly to Vote on Sooner-held Presidential Primary

March 6
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The State Assembly will be voting this afternoon on whether to move California's Presidential Primary up to February. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara has more on the controversy over the bill.

S.D. Oversight Monitor: We're on Track

March 6
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The city of San Diego's Independent Monitor has issued his first report to city council. Stanley Keller did his best to reassure council members he would not send the city multi-million-dollar bills like their previous consultants, Kroll Inc. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Giuliani Draws Enamored Fans in San Diego

March 6
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani is in San Diego today. He stopped at a local fish market in between fund raisers. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps was there.

The “Long-Tail” Business Method

March 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We talk with Chris Anderson, the editor-in-chief of “Wired” Magazine, about his book “The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More.”

Creative Writing Professors Talk Trees, Pancakes, and the Meaning of the Word "Dike"

March 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Poet Eileen Myles joins us to talk about her new book of poetry and her recent profile in “San Diego CityBeat” magazine in which she revealed her impressions of San Diego's arts community. Also joining the conversation is author Ali Liebegott, whose new novel “The IHOP Papers” has just been published.

CSU Faculty Begins Vote on Whether to Strike

March 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting

California State University faculty members are upset over the lack of pay increases. They will vote over the next few weeks on whether they will strike. If they do, it will be the largest strike of university professors in United States history. KPBS News’ education reporter tells us what's at stake and why a San Diego labor group is getting involved.

Film Critic Reviews Frank Miller’s “300”

March 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting

KPBS film critic, Beth Accomando, joins us to review the film “300”, which is based on Frank Miller's graphic novel “300.”

Consumer Advocate Shares Outlook on Current Issues

March 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A local consumer advocate joins “These Days” to discuss a variety of issues, including: SDGE's proposed rate increase, the latest news on gas prices, and the San Diego City Council's recent decision to approve a water and sewer rate increase.

Judge to Decide Whether to Try Arellano-Felix Cases Together

March 6
By Amy Isackson

The Judge handling the cases against four alleged high ranking members of the Arellano Felix drug cartel says the men should not be tried together if two face the death penalty. The judge says he'll clarify that decision in two weeks. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Despite Troubled Health Care System, Med Students Press On

March 6
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

America's health care system is fraught with problems. More than 45 million people don't have health insurance. Some doctors say they're working harder than ever for less money. And prevention of disease isn't funded nearly as well as treatment. So why would anyone want to go be a doctor? KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg tries to find out.

Lam Called to Testify About Dismissal

March 6
By Scott Horsley and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Former U.S. Attorney Carol Lam appears on Capitol Hill today, to answer questions about her dismissal, along with other federal prosecutors.

Court Refuses to Suspend Dress Code in Case of Anti-Gay T-shirt

March 6
By Elliot Spagat and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to suspend a dress code at a suburban San Diego high school that was challenged by a student who wore a T-shirt with anti-gay language.

New Web Site Rates Hospital Quality in CA

March 6
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new Web site is available to compare quality ratings of more than 200 hospitals statewide. Designers of the site say it offers the most comprehensive hospital information on the Internet. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

S.D. Council Postpones Vote on Mayor-Council Compromise

March 6
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego City Council has postponed a vote on a proposed compromise in the battle over control of the city's purse strings. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Fallen Camp Pendleton Marine Awarded Silver Star

March 6
By Andrea Hsu and KPBS Public Broadcasting
Tease photo

More than two years after his death in Iraq, Marine Sgt. Jeffrey Kirk has been posthumously awarded a Silver Star. The nation's 3rd highest military award for valor was presented to his widow at Camp Pendleton yesterday. KPBS Radio's Andrea Hsu reports.